ACL Surgery vs. Non-Invasive Treatment

Non-Invasive ACL Treatment

Extensive physical therapy will be essential for your damaged ACL – anterior cruciate ligament – to successfully recover, whether:

  • Your ACL requires surgery, or
  • Your ACL can be rehabilitated through non-invasive treatment.

ACL Physical Therapy

Physical therapy will be required whether or not surgery is required to heal your ACL injury successfully. Surgery does not entail the repairing of the damaged ligament. Surgery involves the reconstruction of the torn ligament through an invasive procedure using an arthroscope. The new ligament is created and reconstructed from another tendon or from a donor’s tendon.

ACL Surgery

knee_pain.jpgACL surgery does not take place right after the injury as is the case for most emergency medical situations. ACL surgery is typically scheduled three to four week after the incident. This waiting period is necessary to allow initial swelling and bleeding from the ACL injury to decrease.

Time is also necessary to allow for the planning and preparation of the ACL surgery. Physical therapists are included in the ACL surgery planning stage, for treatment both before and after ACL surgery.

Non-Invasive ACL Treatment

Physical therapy is essential to the pre-hab of the injured ACL before surgery. This is because the injury tends to weaken the knee immediately. Physical therapy is required to minimize the loss of strength and range of motion in the knee.

Post-surgery, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation is the preferred method of treatment to heal a damaged ACL. Post-operative rehabilitation through physical therapy commonly takes from six to nine months in order for the patient to return to normal activity.

The patient’s knee is protected by a brace through the majority of physical therapy rehabilitation until the ACL has healed. The protective knee brace is also recommended post-rehabilitation to decrease the risk of re-injury.

Preferred ACL Non-Invasive Treatment Provider

A torn ACL is a serious injury requiring immediate medical attention. Delaying treatment of your torn ACL will only worsen the condition. At spine_and_sports_medicine, diagnostic testing through a physical examination and MRI can be conducted immediately. You will also receive physical therapy treatment for the rehabilitation of you damaged ACL at the same convenient location. To schedule your appointment with one of our physicians, please click the icon below or call 212.986.3888.

 

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